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Appeals court upholds determination that CBOE patents are invalid. It may be a trading holiday, but you still need your Option Block fix, right? We dug through the archives to bring you some of the best of Option Block. This episode was posted in November, The most up-to-date result of our March Madness Poll. Stocks dip, dollar advances in wake of Fed comments. Options traders prepare for "worst of all worlds".
Fed scales back rate-rise forecasts as global risks remain. Earnings after the bell: Question from Alex - Mark and the Options Block Dream Team, I have to keep it going in the same spirit since this is extremely educational and I am still not converted to shorter term selling.
I was unfair to ask such a broad question so I will try to be as specific as possible. Clearly theta premium collection is not interesting in my strategy yet. Most likely the next time the underlying will GAP down significantly is during earnings. Hence I can either avoid the period around earnings close prior to earnings and reopen after or gamble and keep my position through and essentially taking a risk of becoming a 'long term' investor with the underlying being in high 70s and then do a Wheel of Fortune kind of strategy on it.
Speculation aspect of my simple strategy - 1 Volatility will mean revert down 2 I strongly believe that this is a Side-Ways year for the entire US Market including the technology sector. Hence I believe I can capitalize on this speculation if I extend further out in my short selling.
Regarding Baby Sitting question. I can do some low frequency rolling on the Delta. I have done once already. I agree there is nothing much else to do here. Lets forget about Shorter Term Selling and Theta Premium for a second and its nice exponential properties near expiry. The follow up question is which is hopefully more particular: Vol dropped 7bp since I entered but there is room for much more.
I understand that drawing a line in the sand say I close when vol drops to 40s or 30s is a very good and practical way. But are there any other ways to lock in some Vega premium without fully closing on the strategy? I am a hardcore Quant guy who understands the theoretical part of Options valuation and Greeks inside out including some very exotic derivatives structures calendar year asian options, swaptions, generation assets etc.
That said, ironically, most folks like me are not very good with the practical aspects of Options trading so I hope I am not dumbing down the show with my impractical questions smile emoticon. Fed to sit tight on rates at March meet, hint at hikes to come. Big news today from an options exchange perspective: Investors greeted the Nasdaq deal to buy International Securities Exchange, the US options business of Deutsche Borse, with some skepticism on Thursday, sending Nasdaq shares down as much as 3.
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OCC cleared contract volume third highest ever at 4. Options traders adding to bullish bets on Europe stocks for Tosaw discusses what to do if you are selling a put and the market goes against you. A shortened holiday week, so not much is moving on the street. Upside move in Taser. VIX jumped 14 percent Monday to Oil led an early retreat among commodities Monday, sliding more than 3 percent from a three-week high as Iran repeated its goal of boosting exports after sanctions on the country are lifted.
No quarterly reports of note are scheduled for this holiday-shortened week. After the first of the year, Walgreens and Monsanto are among those set to report. The fourth-quarter earnings season begins in mid-January.
Originally published on August 25, , this episode focused on the biggest single point drop ever in the DJIA. Also, chicken little was referenced. The DJIA briefly slumped more than 1, points, its biggest point-drop ever. VIX Cash hit The VIX jumped as much as 90 percent to The Force is not strong with Disney. Dow sets mark for most volatile December since The Bad of apple of the stock market this month: Oil prices hit year low as global supply balloons.
This week, we are digging through the archives to bring you highlights from the Option Block catalog. First up, a look back at a live raucous show, taped in July, On Friday, it was up 28 percent at Volatility the surest bet in stocks after Fed meets. All eyes and ears will be the Federal Reserve as they are expected to announce a possible rate change on Wednesday.
But, there are several other economic events worth noting as well. Oil was down, but energy stocks seemed to drive the market upward. There is an even weirder thing happening in financial markets. SEC to crack down on derivatives. Oil tumbles to six-year low as OPEC abandons production target. A bit of a selloff today - Yellen signals growing likelihood of a December rate hike. SEC charges twin brothers with fraud for options trading Spoofing and order mismarking. Before the bell today: Oil slides back lower after spike on Saudi statement.
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The earnings spotlight is on Wal-Mart and other retail giants this week. Stocks fall as ECB, Fed weigh next moves. White says short selling getting her "intense attention. Puts trading in United States Steel Corp. Penney, Tyco International; Nov The decision was based on news items published in the issue of 12th June.
The court gave several reasons for the decision; namely two articles entitled "The guerrilla will not descent from the mountains until Öcalan will have been released" and "We say it again: The court decision was furthermore based on a news item entitled "brotherhood" that disclosed the code names of deceased PKK members and allegedly spread "propaganda for an illegal organization". BIA, 14 June The delegation announced that the elections were transparent and done in a secure environment.
It was said that the elections were managed well. Even though, the delegation stated that Turkey needed to advance freedoms in the country to achieve more democracy. This time, the organization additionally sent a delegation that consisted of 34 politicians as representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly.
The presiding officers were sceptic about the badges given to the European politicians by the Supreme Elections Board YSK that entitled them to observe the elections all over Turkey. After extensive phone calls of the officers, the delegation was eventually allowed into the poll office. Çörüz noted, "They probably thought there was an interference from outside because they had not been informed about our duty.
There would not have been a problem if they had been informed properly. It was our only duty to write a report about transparency and a secure environment during the elections.
We did not find any problems at the poll offices we visited". The international observers indicated that the elections showed pluralism but at the same time the delegation called on the Turkish government to broaden freedom of thought and to "establish a media distant of political pressure". Journalists apply auto-censorship when they do not consider themselves in a safe environment".
The newly published Özgür Halk ve Demokratik Modernite 'Free People and Democratic Modernity' magazine has kept the Turkish judiciary busy since the first issue was released this April. Initially, copies of the first issue were seized and the magazine was banned right after its release. After that, the prosecutor decided to drop procedures. The magazine includes articles of intellectuals and journalists such as Milliyet newspaper writer Nuray Mert, Prof. The ban and the seizure of the magazine are based on footnotes on page 73 and 82 that quote a defence speech of Abdullah Öcalan, imprisoned leader of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK , as a source.
He said that they appealed the court decision but their appeal was dismissed by reasons of alleged "propaganda for an illegal organization". In this context, the Batman 1st Magistrate Criminal Court had opened a trial on charges of "praising crime and a criminal" that resulted in Atay's conviction. Atay expressed his lack of understanding about the fact that he was punished nevertheless.
We lodged an appeal to the Court of Appeals. He said that this issue will also be followed up by the management of the Batman Bar Association. The Batman Mesopotamian Havza Association of Journalists and Publishers announced that the sentence stemmed from the desire to put press freedom under reservation. Association President Kemal Çelik emphasized in a press release that the news item subject to the punishment had been published by different publishing institutions world-wide without hesitation.
Çelik recalled that officials kept on telling that "journalists are not being tried for making news but for being involved in political activities". However, the incident in Batman showed that the opposite was the case, Çelik claimed and continued, "This sentence was excluded from a conversion into a monetary fine or from being suspended.
As if the severe conditions of the press law were not enough, journalists are being sent behind bars on the grounds of Article of the Turkish Criminal Law on 'praising crime and a criminal'". He is facing prison terms of up to five years on the grounds of the interview that was published in Radikal newspaper between 28 and 30 October However, the Istanbul 10th High Criminal Court decided for a one-year prison sentence for Tahmaz which was finally mitigated to ten months. Reason for the prosecution was the interview entitled "Unilateral Ceasefire Amplifies the Problem".
Yuval Ron concert in Turkey canceled in face of pressures. A concert that was scheduled to be played Thursday night in İstanbul was canceled after a group of activists calling themselves the Mavi Marmara Volunteers protested against it, saying the event, to be performed by Israeli musicians, was an insult to the nine activists killed on a humanitarian aid ship last year in an attack by Israel.
The activists, in a message they released Thursday morning, said the concert, to be performed by the Yuval Ron Ensemble, was being organized by the Foundation of Writers and Journalists GYV and claimed the tickets were available at the Israeli Consulate. Mavi Marmara Volunteers, the group that made the statement, is believed to be affiliated with the Humanitarian Aid Association İHH , which was the organizer of an aid flotilla to Gaza strip last year.
Nine Turkish citizens were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara passenger ship that was part of the flotilla, during an attack by Israeli rangers in international waters. It also denied the activists' claims that the concert was being organized by Israel, adding that the group was to perform a large repertoire reflecting various cultures and faiths, including Muslim Hymns and soundtrack titles. The artists told Today's Zaman that they shared a simple common endeavor: We make music, we support peace and condemn violence and we try to spread a message of compassion, mercy, love and hope, always standing on the side of the innocent victims.
The written statement of the association also underlined the fact that 65 journalists are currently being detained in Turkish prisons and that about 4, journalists find themselves under pressure of a court case.
The TGC criticized, "The attitude of the government rendered verbal and physical violence against journalist an ordinary issue. The journalists serve the people's right to information and their right to learn the truth. We find it rather odd that a blind eye is being turned to the fact that these journalists are deemed to deserve violence".
The announcement claimed that writer Mert was made a target by the severe accusations put forward by the Prime Minister on account of her opinion and her articles.
We call on the politicians to demonstrate respect towards freedom of expression and to get hold of a more responsible stance". The association's declaration described the incident that happened to journalist Ünker on 1 June when she was covering a demonstration in Mecidiyeköy Istanbul. She was exposed to violence even though she showed her press card which was then torn into pieces by her attackers.
She had to obtain a sick report for five days. Ünker filed a criminal complaint against the policemen who attacked her", the TGC said. We condemn the verbal violence from politicians against our colleagues and also the systematic physical violence applied by the police forces. We want the persons responsible for the assault against Ünker to be prosecuted as soon as possible". BIA, 7 June You are French to this country.
The magazine, however, also described the situation as worrying. That would be bad for Turkey. Noting that corruption was on the rise, press freedom was under attack and more journalists were in prison, the magazine thus called on Turks to vote for the CHP against the ruling party to promote democracy. Hürriyet Daily News , June 3, This mission has to be seen in the context of regular cooperation between the Council of Europe and its member states.
My special envoy will visit Turkey after the general elections have taken place and will have broad contacts with all stakeholders, including civil society. The envoy will look into the circumstances and reasons for the arrest of several journalists in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the Turkish government. Those arrested are allegedly linked to the ultranationalist clandestine Ergenekon group, which is charged with plotting to overthrow the democratically elected government by creating large-scale chaos in the country.
He is currently a close adviser to the secretary-general. The final hearing was held on 26 May. The journalist was initially sentenced to imprisonment of one year on charges of "publishing statements of an illegal organization".
This accusation was based on the two articles "All aspects of my life will be Kurdish" and "The last chance for a democratic solution" published in the January issue of the Yeni Yorum magazine. The sentence was mitigated to ten months due to a lack of criminal record, Irmak's past and the "anticipated future effects of the penalty". Irmak was handed down an additional prison sentence of one month under Article TCK.
This punishment was aggravated to 1. Reason for Irmak's prosecution was the publishing of an article that conveyed a government-critical statement of the Executive Board of the Union of Kurdistan Communities KCK on the Kurdish question. In the news the KCK Steering Board was quoted as saying that "the government neither properly evaluated nor made an earnest approach towards the conditions of a unilateral ceasefire that had been announced by the KCK for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question.
Instead of taking concrete steps towards a solution, the government carried on their exploitation", the announcement continued. Journalist Irmak was handed down yet another ten-month prison sentence charged with "publishing a statement of the PKK" on the grounds of an article entitled "The Kurds will establish their own courts".
Irmak was furthermore convicted because of the article "The state is positive; the politicians are the obstacle" in which he again referred to imprisoned PKK leader Öcalan as the "leader of the Kurdish people". Also the latter sentence was finally converted into a monetary fine of TL The court sentenced Dicle to one year, eight months in prison on terrorism charges.
He was detained in December as part of the KCK probe and has been in custody since. Last week, the Ankara court decided to cut days, the period he had served as a detainee during the KCK probe, from the sentence he originally received in The BDP is both a lock and key for Parliament.
We have the power to lock all unfairness and unlawfulness in Parliament. The BDP, whose independent candidates won 36 seats in Parliament in the latest general elections, is planning to use by-elections as a trump card if six of its deputies, who are currently under arrest as part of the KCK trial, are not released from prison and allowed to take their seats in Parliament.
In defiance of a BDP challenge for by-elections, the ruling Justice and Development Party AK Party has expressed its opinion that the pro-Kurdish party will not be able to press for the holding of the by-laws. COM, 21 June Ahmet Türk, an independent deputy who recently won a parliamentary seat with the support of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party BDP , has said 30 of the 36 BDP-backed deputies elected in the June 12 elections will not enter Parliament unless six deputies from the same bloc who are currently under arrest in the Kurdish Communities Union KCK trial are freed.
A total of 36 BDP-endorsed independent deputies were elected in the elections, including six jailed suspects in the ongoing KCK trial. The elected independents are expected to gather under the roof of the BDP in Parliament and form a parliamentary group. However, it is still unclear if those in prison in connection with the KCK trial will be able to acquire parliamentary immunity and enter Parliament.
The courts where they are standing trial will decide whether they will be released from prison and enter Parliament or continue their incarceration and be denied the right to enter Parliament.
They stand accused of crimes against the constitutional order, which may prevent them from enjoying parliamentary immunity even though they are elected deputies. Courts have the right to not release those who are elected to Parliament if the individuals who won seats in Parliament are on trial for terrorism-related charges. If he did, I do not know what his purpose was.
However, this issue does not concern either Parliament or the government. It directly concerns the judiciary. The only authority to make a decision on this issue is the judiciary. Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan extended the unilateral ceasefire which was declared by the PKK for an undisclosed time perod but said that the process should last within a few months. Ocalan had earlier stated that he will decide about the fate of the ceasefire on 15 June, three days after thr general elections in Turkey.
Ocalan anounced his decision to extend the ceasefire in a meeting with his lawyers in Imrali Island High Security Prison where he is held for 11 years. Ocalan called the new Turkish Parliament to immidiately start to work for creation of a new constitution and a solution to the Kurdish Question. He said if the Turkish Parliament will take steps he will lead the Kurdish guerillas to withraw out of Turkish borders. Ocalan insisted that the Turkish government and parliament should give him a hand to open his way to end the 30 year old war.
Ocalan repeated his demand for establishing a direct link with the guerilla commanders saying that this step is necessary for him to convince the Kurdish leaders for a peaceful solution. Ocalan also gave information about his recent meeting with the Turkish delegation right after the elections.
He said the meeting was focused on the constitutional reform and solution of Kurdish Question. He called the Peace and Democracy Party for actively participating in reform process. Ocalan said the BDP should work closely with other political parties and should create a draft constitution. Ocalan also said that Kurds also should be ready for a possible armed conflict with the Turkish state.
On the other hand he emphasized the importance of seizing the chance of a peaceful solution to the Kurdish Question. Ocalan called Kurdish guerillas to avoid any clashes with the Turkish army. He said guerillas will only defend themselves if attacked. He also criticized the use of Molotov coctails during demonstrations saying that Kurdish youth should be careful to avoid any harm to civilians and their property.
Speaking about the general elections Ocalan said the outcome showed the importance of a unified opposition which he has been defending for years. He called the democrats and socialist to form an umbrella organization which will include BDP, socialists and democrats. ANF , 17 June Military operations continue in Kurdish provinces. Fire broke out in many areas as a result of the Turkish army's bombardment on guerrilla-controlled Zap region, while Yuksekova countryside are reportedly bombed by cobra type helicopters.
In an age when global warming threatens the world even more with each passing day,the Turkish army is among the most destructive forces against the nature. Especially in , Turkish army set a large number of forests and lands on fire. The number of fires started in , which burned down tens of thousand hectares of lands, can be listed as follows; May Prison Sentences of almost 92 Years. The KCK intends to organize Kurdish people. Employees of the head office of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party BDP were also among the defendants as well as party members and a journalist.
The defendants requested to present their defence in Kurdish. The court board dismissed this request and registered that "the defendants spoke in an unknown language".
Consequently, the statements of the defendants were not taken. The defence lawyers claimed that this trial was politically motivated and demanded their clients' acquittal.
However, the court board rejected this demand too and announced its decision after a brief intermission. Detained defendants Bilici, Tekid and Çiftçi were each sentenced to imprisonment of 13 years; Duman received a year prison sentence. The other defendants were handed down prison sentences of various lengths. All defendants were convicted of "membership in an illegal organization". Defendants İlhan Çevik and Cesim Göktepe were tried under allegations of "making propaganda for an illegal organization" and each sentenced to ten months in jail.
The court file will be forwarded to the Court of Appeals. The conviction was based on a speech delivered by the politician at the Newroz festival in Siirt south-eastern Turkey in The prosecution said in their final plea, "It was evident that the Newroz celebration in Siirt on 21 March was turned into propaganda for the PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party].
Six defendants were acquitted. BIA, 17 June The operations were carried out simultaneously in the beginning of this week. The people in custody were brought to the Provincial Police Directorate.
The reason for the operation was not announced. DIHA , 17 June The results of 12th June general elections, which were crucial in terms of democratization of Turkey and finding a solution of Kurdish question, have revealed serious political consequences.
The Kurdish people and democratic forces have come out of the elections with a victory despite the election threshold, political genocide operations perpetrated by the AKP government, military assaults, and the pressures to intimidate society. This success, attained by women and young people leading the liberation and democracy struggle of Kurdish people and powers of democracy in Turkey, is a strong declaration of the will-power for a the solution to the problems of Turkey.
The victory of our people and the forces of democracy do not just belong to this period, but it is the victory of the resoluteness towards a democratic solution of the Kurdish question and democratic reconstruction of Turkey for permanent liberation and democracy.
In this sense, 12th June elections led the society to focus on the solution of the Kurdish question as well as the democratization of Turkey, rather than merely being an election of power. For this reason, the election results express political and social consequences that have to be analysed in many respects. The Labour, Liberation and Democracy Bloc have entered 12th June elections with very clear demands; First, to eliminate all the obstacles for leader Abdullah Ocalan to actively play his role in the solution of Kurdish question and making a concrete progress in the process of negotiations.
Second, preparation of a new democratic constitution through the participation of all sections of society. Third, bringing a solution to the Kurdish question through the project of democratic autonomy. Fourth, the establishment of a democratic solution by the people based on their power upon the failure of democratic channels.
During 12th June elections our people have said "yes" to the social project, which contains these demands, in the person of candidates of the bloc. By demanding an "immediate solution", they have demonstrated the fact that the state and government have to put the urgent action plan into practice in order to stop the bloodshed.
In spite of that, the balcony speech of Prime Minister Erdogan on the evening of 12th June did not include any clear and concrete message in answer to the demands of our people in a manner that eliminates the lack of solution and ends the policies of annihilation.
His speech, which was mostly expected and general, indicated the continuity of usual policies. Despite some emphasis on the constitution, it did not give any indications as to the solution of the Kurdish question.
It is obvious that the Kurdish question, which is utterly urgent as the fundamental priority of Turkey, cannot be subject to prevarication through the general language of "peace and fraternity". The information that will appear in the next few days in relation to this issue, will largely determine the direction of the process. The Kurdish people and democratic forces that entered the elections independently through Labour, Liberation and Democracy Bloc, have largely reached their targets.
The successful election results will be a milestone for the enforcement of democratic solution. The level of success attained by the Labour, Liberation and Democracy Bloc has also become a phenomenon that strengthens the terrain for democratic unity of the Kurdish people, to join up with people of Turkey as a democratic nation and transform itself into a party.
The message that is given with the election of female candidates is that the struggle for democratization of society and elimination of sexism will be escalated through the liberation of women. It is clear that the 36 candidates that have been elected to Parliament have historical responsibilities. The struggle of the members of Parliament for realisation of the project of democratic republic and democratic autonomy will bring priceless gains to the people of Turkey.
We believe that this combination will play a role in the solution of Kurdish question and in democratization of Turkey with their knowledge and experience, and wish them every success in their meaningful and challenging struggle.
The struggle of the Kurdish people, democratic socialist forces, who worked tirelessly for the votes under unjust conditions of assaults perpetrated by the state and government, have not failed.
The honourable position adopted and devotion demonstrated by our people in this process is beyond appreciation. We salute and congratulate the stance of struggle of our people, all those who participated with intense efforts, and patriots.
The kindness of our people towards the political representatives unjustly imprisoned under the KCK case is also quite a meaningful message. It is indisputable that with their determinate, devoted, conscious, organised and strong stance, our people will successfully construct the system of democratic autonomy.
We are in a position to succeed in the implementation of any decision with such a people. We vehemently condemn the assaults of AKP government, who could not digest the election victory of Kurdish people becoming a single heart and voice around leader Apo , on the night of 12th June. We hope that the patriots who were wounded in the assaults would get well soon, and send our best regards to their families and people.
Everyone should know that no assault, threat or policy based on genocide will deter the Kurdish people, who are devoted to liberation, from struggle. This has meant that the official policies on the most fundamental issue, the Kurdish issue, have been defeated. Although the AKP has increased its votes in Turkey, compared to the election, it has lost many votes in Kurdistan.
Furthermore, it can be seen that the smaller parties of the election have been completely wiped out in It has also taken a small amount of votes from the CHP and other smaller leftist parties. This bloc has the potential to take votes from the AKP and CHP and has created excitement and hope amongst the democratic forces in Turkey. Moreover, the bloc has achieved the highest increase in its percentage of MPs. Apart from the unexpected loss in Dersim, the bloc has achieved a remarkable success.
Admittedly there was also hope in Gaziantep, Adiyaman and Izmir; however, despite not winning in these areas the election has surely been a success for the bloc. There was a major difference in votes, between the bloc and the AKP, in the cities where the bloc was the outright winner and only a small margin of difference in a few cities where the AKP won. The AKP has been defeated in the place where the political struggle is most intense; Kurdistan.
Despite the arrest of hundreds of politicians and political cadres, the candidates supported by the BDP Peace and Democracy Party have achieved a momentous victory.
To enter the elections with independent candidates and organize the votes in a balanced manner is very difficult. However, despite all the suppression and interference the Kurdish people have achieved a historic victory. It is well known that there was cheating and duplicity in many places. It is evident that the votes of the Bloc have been interfered with using different methods in many places, such as Dersim. It is clear that the state resorted to many illegal methods to prevent the election of the independent candidate in Dersim.
The people are overwhelmingly calling for democratic autonomy. The vast majority of people who are claiming their Kurdish identity voted for the Bloc. The Labour, Freedom and Democracy Bloc is the only group that represents all the social forces and rich cultural groups in Turkey.
The representation of an Assyrian Orthodox in Parliament is a first in Turkey. When all this is taken into account it is clear that the only group that represents all of Turkey is the Bloc. Therefore it is very possible to strengthen and develop into an alternative. This is why this Bloc should be seen as the future of Turkey. An intervention into Syria may be on the agenda in the near future. The Prime Minister did not mention the Kurdish issue in his speech.
He repeated what he had been saying during the election and said that they had brought an end to denial, rejection and assimilation. This is proof that he thinks that there is no Kurdish issue any longer. Furthermore, it means insisting on a deadlock. The fact that the Prime Minister said that they will consult other parties while creating a new constitution means nothing. Even if they had won seats in Parliament he would still have said this.
To expect anything different regarding a new constitution would have been surprising. The new constitution is needed fundamentally to solve the Kurdish issue. A constitution that does not bring radical changes and satisfy the needs and demands of the Kurdish people will not be a new or democratic constitution with any value. The importance of this election and what was most anticipated was the approach of the Kurdish people; this has been clarified.
The Kurdish people have approved Democratic Autonomy. Block deputies meet press in Diyarbakir. The Labor, Democracy and Freedom Block newly elected deputies have met the press in Diyarbakir today. Commenting the election results, the deputies underlined that "politicians bear a tremendous responsibility. In particular the results of provinces of the region is full of lessons to be taken".
Noting that only the Block has increased its vote-rate in the Kurdish territory, the deputies underlined that the AKP has experienced an unexpected decline and decreased in the number of MPs and vote-rates.
Therefore, the strategy of "looking for a solution by eliminating the organized structure of the Kurdish people" is now a thing of the past. Insist on this policy doesn't bring anything in but to drag the country into a chaos".
At the June 12 elections, the Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block's program has been presented to the approval of the people. The Block components and millions supporting the Block have displayed their attitude against the centralist and oligarchic state system. There is no more possibility for our 74 million citizens to be governed by the state mentality which doesn't bear any social bonds, is deprived of social morality and doesn't base on persons".
In the elections, the Kurdish people called attention to one more important reality. A message has been given that national liberation passes through unity. The part of Kurdish parties and civil society organizations is to turn the unity into a more permanent and organized constitution through the Kurdish National Conference". Within a process when balance in the Middle East are upside down with the resistance of the peoples, the Block's deputies underlined that "to be a common voice of the Kurdish people will entitle both Kurds and the peoples in the region.
This alliance has also opened the way for Democratic Nation Block and and showed that there is an alternative address of change in Turkey. Including intellectuals, artists the unemployed, laborer, the youth and women, the Block gave a moral support to Turkey's peoples".
The results of this election have also confirmed, stressed the deputies, "the mission of the Labor, Freedom and Democracy Block whose components have already expressed that this constitution will continue after the elections as well. We stand behind our promise. The Block, which received a great support from the people without losing time and was entitled to represent the people at the parliament, should turn into a strong movement which assembles all the democratic forces in Turkey under the same roof.
Therefore, the Block components in particular, our MPs and the supporters of the Block bear a tremendous responsibility". ANF, 14 June The prime minster has angrily responded to claims that his ruling party is negotiating with the main pro-Kurdish party over the release of imprisoned terrorist Abdullah Öcalan. If they had been in power when the PKK chief was captured in , he said, Öcalan would have been hung, or they would have quit the coalition government.
Öcalan was arrested in Kenya in by American intelligence and was handed to Turkey on the condition that he not be hanged. Turkey abolished the death penalty in , but the MHP, which was part of the coalition government at that time, voted against the move in Parliament. Bahçeli reacts to Turkish PM's claims about Öcalan.
Hours after the prime minister accused the nationalist opposition party of allowing Abdullah Öcalan to avoid execution in the early s, its leader called on the ruling party to hang the terrorist chief if it were able. Now he confesses they have been in constant talks with the terrorist head. It is obvious Mr. Hürriyet Daily News , June 9, Ocalan expressed his expectation for a meeting in the coming days. He Ocalan noted that he still bears his own responsibility for the solution of the problem constitutionally and within a democratic context.
He underlined that the attitude of the state will be determinant henceforwards as he has displayed his views on this issue very clearly and openly so far. He noted that he, basing on his own experiences, had already presented the way for the most realistic solution.
The Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier decision by a local court to sentence independent deputy candidate Hatip Dicle, who has been endorsed by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party BDP , to one year and eight months in prison on terrorism charges, a ruling that will prevent the candidate from entering Parliament even if elected in Sunday's elections.
News reports said on Thursday that the Supreme Court of Appeals 9th Criminal Court approved the conviction in March and sent the approval decision to the local court last week. The court reportedly said the candidate cannot be elected as a deputy and sent a copy of the ruling to the Ankara Prosecutor's Office, asking the office to inform the Supreme Election Board YSK about Dicle's conviction.
Dicle will not be able to hold office even if he is elected as a deputy in the elections since he will have a conviction on terrorism charges and has been sentenced to more than a year in prison. COM , 9 June Council members sentenced to prison over park named after Kurdish poet. The mayor and the council members were also ordered to pay a TL 3, each.
Both the jail sentences and the monetary fines were suspended. Murat Roha Özbay, a lawyer for the defendants, said that the letters, x, w and q, although not included in the letter Turkish alphabet, are used frequently in all public agencies with no legal consequences. The law on the acceptation and usage of the Turkish alphabet and other laws like it have lost their meaning.
He has been jailed in Imrali for 12 years and not allowed to see anybody. I am sending my love and greetings to him. I also call him Dear Ocalan. What is wrong with that now? It is of great importance to display a realistic approach. He has this power and can solve the problem and I side with solution.
For god's sake, it is actually you who was defeated. Would there be 29 rebellions if you had defeated them? To the question about the house arrest demand for Ocalan, Türkali answered that a true solution passes through a general amnesty.
He has been jailed there for 12 years and not allowed to see anybody. The state officials themselves meet and talk to him but I cannot.
Why is this obstruction? I am sending my love and greetings to Ocalan. The Hrant Dink case for example. My last project is to write about these happenings. I want to go to the prison for this reason. And I am saying again; I also want to see Ocalan. His real name is Abdülkadir Pirhasan.
He was arrested in on being accused of conducting political activities. He was sentenced to nine years in prison by the military court and was paroled seven years later.
He embarked on working on cinema in following his release from the prison. He wrote over 40 screenplays and directed three films.
He wrote his screenplays under the pen name of Vedat Türkali. It widely acknowledged that these works of him, which appalled to an extensive mass of audience, have an effectual role in the establishment and development of early Turkish cinema.
I instructed my colleagues yesterday [Wednesday] in this respect. We can be rivals but we can discuss [matters] as two civil people. But he responded with abusive language. He should ask his wife whether he acted in the right manner.
He should undergo medical treatment. Hürriyet Daily News , June 2, What kind of a prime minister is that? Would any sane prime minister say that? Our qibla is same. Is there any difference? They rejected the culture of Kurdish people. I know the denial policies and the assimilation policies. But the objection policy is not applied here any longer.
The denial policies have ended. Assimilation has now ended. Common agreement was reached to distribute the conclusions in Kurdistan, the Middle East and rest of the world and these are listed as: The geographical name of the region where Kurds live is Kurdistan.
The KNK refuses any other name that has been used by occupiers in alternative to Kurdistan. Also, it calls on the Kurdish nation to use the name Kurdistan. The Kurdish nation has right to find a solution to their own homeland and territory. In addition, Kurds have the right to rule their own land as a necessity.
The aim of those changes was to assimilate the Kurds. Therefore, the KNK calls on Kurds to repudiate these foreign names and change all the Kurdish towns and villages to their original Kurdish names and use Kurdish names at all times.
The Kurdish nation will not accept any retreat or shrinking of the Kurdish territory in South Kurdistan. Kirkuk as well as all the separated Kurdish areas from the KRG will be supported and protected. In addition, they have the right to change their Turkish, Persian and Arabic surnames to Kurdish surnames.
Kurds need to use the Kurdish language in their daily life. Also they need to ask for more training and education in their mother tongue Kurdish and ask for a guarantee for use of the Kurdish language in every government publication and media. Kurds have the right to use the national Kurdish flag and national Kurdish symbols and the wearing of Kurdish clothes when they are required to attend national occasions.
Kurdish businesspersons as well as trades people need to do all the transactions and business in the Kurdish language. Also buyers need to communicate in Kurdish regarding business deals.
Kurdish people discuss their religious affiliations and beliefs locally. Also their religious affiliations should be from own religious perspective and they should refuse any other religion and belief that comes from government rule such as Turkey, Iran, Syria in their own interest. Kurds should distinguish their cultural differences within government rules and policies such as Turkey, Iran, and Syria.
Also, they should present themselves in any Kurdish event in line with their own cultural, traditional and national Kurdish customs. Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan as well as Kurds in the Diaspora must increase their national solidarity and support against any plans from the governments of Turkey, Iran and Syria that will not be in the interest of the Kurdish nation. Kurds should with greater unity support each other in the national interest. Kurds will work closer with national and international communities especially within democratic and progressive nations to win more support and also to cooperate.
Kurds do more to accept and struggle and support the freedom of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and support other political prisoners from the colonial regime in the world. Kurds will give more support more the Kurdish political and military created to support and protect the Kurdish nation as part of the Kurdish movement. Also young Kurdish men will refuse to join the drafted army in Turkey, Iran and Syria.
Kurds will abolish the unequal law where the man dominates against the woman. The High Criminal Court of Rize eastern Black Sea coast dismissed the appeal against the decision to drop procedures related to the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. The joint attorneys of the family of the slain journalists had filed an appeal with the Rize Court against the decision given by the Trabzon High Criminal Court. The Dink family lawyers demanded the investigation of the above mentioned persons and later on appealed the decision for the closing of procedures.
Both their petition and the appeal put forward that the officials of the Trabzon police at the time were responsible for the killing of Hrant Dink, then editor-in-chief of the Armenian Agos newspaper. Hrant Dink, founder of the Armenian Agos newspaper, was killed in front of his office in Istanbul on 19 January The plaintiff lawyers petitioned for an investigation about the officials at the Trabzon Police on duty at the time of the murder. On 28 May , the Istanbul Prosecution decided to drop procedures and allocated the investigation to the Trabzon Public Chief Prosecution.
The Trabzon prosecution announced their decision one month later, saying that there was "no need for a prosecution". They requested to lift the decision of the Trabzon Public Chief Prosecution regarding the abatement of action.
It was stated in the court decision that the Istanbul Police Directorate and the Intelligence Department Presidency of the Police General Directorate had been informed by the Trabzon Police about the murder on 15 February and about the concrete assassination plot on 17 February At the hearing on Monday 30 May , four and a half years after the start of the trial, the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court made a move towards investigating who else was involved in the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
Ever since the beginning of the trial in , allegations were made that at least one other person besides triggerman suspect Ogün Samast had been involved. Hrant Dink, a journalist of Armenian origin and founder of the Armenian Agos newspaper, was lethally shot close to his office in central Istanbul on 19 January In accordance with the request of lawyer Fethiye Çetin, one of the joint attorneys of the Dink family, the court decided to have full lengths body shots taken from the front and the side of Osman Hayal plus biometric photographs.
Hayal is the brother of suspect Yasin Hayal and was allegedly in the vicinity of the scene of crime on 19 January Osman Hayal was previously arrested and released later on. The court was of the opinion that there was no need "for now" to arrest Hayal again under the same allegations. Once the photographs are ready, an expert is going to determine whether the person on the video records is Osman Hayal or not. The request to arrest Hayal will be evaluated accordingly thereupon.
Additionally, the identity of a suspect who talked via a cell phone from two different points close to the scene of crime at the day of the murder shall be determined.
The court requested the Telecommunication Communication Presidency TİB and three different GSM operators announce all telephone conversations of this person made between The court dismissed the demand to release alleged instigator Yasin Hayal and police informant Erhan Tucel pending trial.
The trial was postponed to 29 July. Upon a previous request of the Dink family lawyers, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey TÜBİTAK had been asked about the footage of the camera installed at the Akbank branch since the murder happened right in front of the bank. The council initially replied that they had no records. According to the report, the footage was erased and cannot be restored.
The AK Party received 50 percent of the vote and won a third consecutive term as the ruling party in the June 12 elections. The Stockholm syndrome refers to a real paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg Kreditbanken robbery in Stockholm in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from Aug.
In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors and even defended them after they were freed from the six-day ordeal. I do not think the Turkish nation gave 50 percent support to the AK Party because of this reason. The former CHP deputy also warned that attempts to explain the voter support for the ruling party with a phenomenon like the Stockholm syndrome will make it difficult for the party to see its own shortcomings.
The CHP chief is also expected to continue his focus on personally visiting the citizenry in other areas outside of Ankara, especially the East Anatolia, Southeast Anatolia and Black Sea regions, where the party is weak.
Former CHP leader Deniz Baykal is said to be disappointed with the election results, sparking the opposition move within the party to speak out and demand a convention. The internal opposition needs signatures to hold an extraordinary convention.
Hürriyet Daily News , June 13, Violations of election rules mark the election day in Turkey. Violations of rules, mostly against voters and observers of the Labor, Democracy and Freedom Block in the southeastern of Turkey marked the election day in Turkey.
The polling stations opened at 7, as well as various violations in the region. The Election Observer Commission launched an investigation. Most of them were arrested because of warrant of arrests except six who allegedly violated the rules of election. Urfa Governor charged two police officers to watch the polls despite the rule otherwise.
They will not vote until a bridge will be constructed. However, European observers in Bitlis were prevented from doing their work by police.
The committee stated that there is no democratic election process in Bitlis while the Committee from Germany also criticized the strict measures which mostly practiced in places where predominantly Kurdish people are living. In many cities the rule for police that have to stay 15 meters away from ballot boxes was violated. In many cities in the region, police and soldiers took heavy security measures to intimidate Kurdish people.
Those officers were carrying gun even at the schools in Van, Batman, etc. Violations of election rules mark the election day in Turkey - 2. According to Norwegian Committee; voting process was blocked in Ekindüzü village where only one man wanted to vote for everyone. Local Governor in Van prevented the German Committee from fulfilling its duty, some of observers were beaten and taken into custody in Bahçesaray district where police officers constantly violated the 15 meters limit.
According to another German Committee in Hakkari, AKP tried to use fake voting papers but observers and the committee prevented them. French Delegation also criticized polices measures for intimidating civilians in Erzurum. There are no observers were allowed to do their duty except two schools.
Same kinds of manipulations were observed in Antep, said German Delegation. Police also interfered to the delegation and tried to questionnaire them. The suppressions were not only in the region. In Marmara Region, 55 people, including many observers, were arrested.
Violations of election rules mark the election day in Turkey - 3. More violations during the election process across Turkey: In Mersin, police blockaded predominantly Kurdish neighborhoods that created intense atmosphere. DIHA, 12 juin Le Premier ministre turc a conservé des réflexes de représentant de commerce. Dans les années 80, Recep Tayyip Erdogan était responsable à Istanbul de la distribution du biscuitier Ülker.
En campagne électorale pour les législatives du 12 juin, il fait la promotion de ses ambitions pour la Turquie comme il vantait les qualités de sa marchandise: Lunettes noires, veste verte passe-partout: Erdogan a soigné son look mi-macho, mi-populaire, qui séduit tant son électorat populaire. Comment ne succomberait-il pas? Neuf ans plus tard, les négociations sont dans un coma profond.
A Ankara et à Bruxelles plus personne ne se risque à un pronostic, même réservé. Ses coups de gueule populistes et ses références religieuses répétées font craindre une dérive autoritaire et conservatrice décomplexée. Le pouvoir civil prenant le pas sur celui des militaires: En , il déclame un poème nationaliste aux accents islamistes: Sa tirade lui vaut quatre mois de prison.
Il en tirera des conclusions réalistes pour conquérir le pouvoir: Le programme séduit alors bien au-delà des classes conservatrices. En , Erdogan trébuche de nouveau. Le "coup judiciaire" échoue de justesse. Depuis, le chef du gouvernement procède plus subtilement. Il a gagné ses galons de héros de la cause palestinienne dans la rue arabe et turque. Refoulé, le jeune Tayyip avait tenté de défoncer la porte de la salle des fêtes.
Abdullah Gül occupe la fonction prestigieuse mais honorifique de président de la République. Abdullatif Sener a été remercié après avoir dénoncé des soupçons de corruption. De la bande des quatre, seul reste le vice-premier ministre Bülent Arinç mais il ne pèse pas bien lourd. Il a cru à la volonté du gouvernement de normaliser les relations entre les deux pays.
En janvier, le Premier ministre a décrété que le monument était "une abomination" espérant ne pas le revoir lors de sa prochaine visite. Donc acte, les pelleteuses sont entrées en action.
Dans la boutique, tout le monde est originaire de Rize, sur les rives de la mer Noire, comme Erdogan. Le réflexe clanique joue. Mais quand on leur demande pourquoi il est, selon eux, "le meilleur pour la Turquie", ce sont ses résultats concrets qui emportent les suffrages: Le premier renie tout.
Accusé de vouloir modifier les modes de vie en se retranchant derrière des préoccupations de santé publique, Erdogan a nié être motivé par "des obligations religieuses". Les laïques sont ulcérés.
Bon an, mal an, le pays semble avoir cependant trouvé un rythme de croisière entre islam et laïcité. Mais avec un régime taillé à sa mesure: Le Nouvel Observateur, Laure Marchand, 11 juin Turkey is going to hold general elections this Sunday. We have believed in this.
We have never made any concessions on this. We strongly opposed to those who think the opposite. The MHP does not confirm to the existence of a Kurdish problem in the country.
The party also opposes any moves aiming to expand the cultural and political rights of Kurds, who have long been deprived of their fundamental rights due to state policies that denied the existence of a Kurdish ethnicity. MHP believes social and economic reasons are behind the problems faced by Kurds.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has been waging a bloody war in the country's southeast for autonomy since that has resulted in the death of more than 30, In his speech, Bahçeli also said it was out of the question for Turkey to allow anyone to separate from Turkey and establish an independent country on Turkish soil.
The MHP leader also dwelled on Kurds' demand for education in one's mother tongue, a demand that he said will bring no benefit to Kurds if it is fulfilled. Will you be able to buy new clothes? The series of protest against the extensive use of tear gas and water cannons during demonstrations critical of the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP in Hopa eastern Black Sea coast is continuing.
After demonstrations in Ankara on Tuesday evening 31May , people also took the streets in Istanbul and Izmir on Wednesday and Thursday. When members of the Community Centres organization started throwing eggs at the AKP building, the police massively intervened against the protestors. Riot forces teams made extensive use of tear gas and water cannons. TKP officials told bianet on Thursday that Eraslan was still in intensive care.
Retired teacher Metin Lokumcu who died after the massive use of tear gas in Hopa was the fourth activist who lost his life as a result of a heart attack caused by tear gas. Officials spoke of a coincidence after the first such case had happened in However, the number of this sort of "coincidences" is rising.
All three cases were supposed to be related to the exposure of tear gas. In Istanbul, about people gathered in the central district of Mecidiyeköy on Thursday 2 June to voice their protest against the incidents in Hopa. As reported by the website sendika. To the contrary, our urge and determination for the struggle is increasing. We will not yield to persecution, we will not keep silent, we will resist".
He said that it could be seen that gas bombs killed people but that it also became evident that this was not enough to intimidate the opposition. The police intervened against the demonstrators in Istanbul when they threw eggs to the AKP building. Tear gas and water cannons were used to disperse the crowd.
Protestors were beaten and taken into police custody. Turkish television showed protesters hurling stones and climbing police barricades, as security forces fired tear gas and water cannons to break up the demonstration.
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